Geography and Environment

Postgraduate research

Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA)

CENTA stands for Central England NERC Training Alliance, a consortium of Universities, research institutes and non-academic partners for example that are working together to provide excellence in doctoral research training within the remit of the Natural Environment Research Council. The CENTA group comprises five other universities in addition to Loughborough (The Open University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, University of Warwick, and Cranfield University), four partner organisations (British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, National Centre for Earth Observation and National Centre for Atmospheric Science), and a diverse array of non-academic partners from industry and business, environmental organisations, zoos and museums for example.

CENTA will host studentships across the range of NERC science with particular focus on three key science themes:

  1. Climate and environmental sustainability
  2. Organisms and ecosystems
  3. Dynamic Earth

Applications for projects for an October 2019 start are now closed but new PhD projects will appear on this page in autumn 2019 for an October 2020 start – please return to this page regularly to check. Projects are also advertised at and on the Loughborough PhD Portal, The projects below were those advertised for 2018 and give some idea of the breadth of NERC-relevant environmental research that we undertake at Loughborough. In the meantime, please contact individual members of staff if you wish to discuss developing a project for future consideration as a PhD topic.


NERC CENTA studentships at Loughborough University
Principal supervisorLoughborough SchoolProject Title
Dr Tom Matthews Geography Deadly Climate Hazards Combined: Tropical Cyclones and Deadly Heat
Dr Matthew Baddock Geography Aeolian dune order and organisation: the novel geospatial analysis of Earth and Martian sand seas
Prof Joanna Bullard Geography Arctic Mineral Dust Fluxes: quantification, drivers and impacts
Dr Matthew Baddock Geography Multi-scale remote sensing of high latitude dust
Prof Paul Wood Geography Spawning habitat characteristics of lithophilic fish – using experimental approaches to inform river restoration
Prof Stephen Rice Geography Eel Anguilla anguilla migration, barriers and loss of ecosystem services: the case of the River Parrett catchment, Somerset Levels
Dr David Ryves Geography Evolutionary responses of Daphnia spp. to biophysical disruption in tropical lake systems
Dr Dapeng Yu Geography Global assessment of flood impact on emergency service provision to vulnerable populations under climate change
Dr Any Managh Chemistry Next Generation LA-ICP-MS Geoscience
Dr Tim Marjoribanks Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering Quantifying patch-scale eco-hydraulic interactions in rivers
Dr Tom Dijkstra Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering Landscape evolution modelling for enhanced geohazard risk management along the Bailong River Corridor, Gansu, China
Dr Xilin Xia Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering Assessing and forecasting risks of intense rainfall induced natural hazards on infrastructure networks
Dr Ian Pattison Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering Assessing the Effectiveness of Natural Flood Management at a catchment scale
Dr Ian Pattison Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering How to balance the design of multi-functional cities with flood resilience
Dr Ian Pattison Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering Natural Capital and its role in improving rural land planning and management at different spatial scales